April 28, 2015

Library hires Chief Talent Officer

Susan Zelinski


COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has hired Susan Zelinski as Chief Talent Officer (CTO). She begins her role at CML on Monday, May 4.

As CTO, Zelinski will be responsible for overseeing the library’s Human Resources department.

A Columbus resident, Zelinski received her Masters of Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business.

She currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources and Senior HR Business Partner at Fifth Third Bank.

Prior to her work at Fifth Third Bank, Zelinski held human resources positions with Nationwide Insurance and Columbia Gas.

For the past two years, Zelinski has served as a member of the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library Board, chairing its Business Management Committee.

“We were highly impressed by Susan’s breadth of knowledge in talent management, recruiting, employee relations and learning and development,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “We are eager for her to join our team. From her service with the Friends of the Library, she brings an immediate passion for the work of libraries and a familiarity with our staff, customers and services.”

CML’s previous CTO, Cherie Lamborn, left to pursue other opportunities in December 2014.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.